Lubbock Police are searching for a suspect in a rash of hotel-motel robberies. Police believe one man is responsible for robbing at least six hotels and motels in Lubbock.
The Ramada Inn on Interstate-27 was hit twice, both Days Inn's were robbed, along with the Holiday Inn on the South Loop and the Courtyard by Marriot. In each case, the manner of the robbery and the suspect's description were similar, leading police to believe they may all be connected.
Police say this is the time of year for crime to rise, burglaries, robberies and thefts generally increase around the holidays so they want everyone to be aware. "Property crimes of all nature go up around the holidays as people are trying to come across money for their holidays and unfortunately some people try to get it by robberies and burglaries and things. So practice common sense, that's what we're asking everyone to do," says LPD Public Information Officer Roy Bassett.
Officer Bassett says if you are ever put in this type of situation remember to remain calm, and cooperate with the demands. Hotel Motel Association President Anthony Garcia says they are reminding all hotels in the area to refresh employees on their policies. "We are sending out faxes and emails to everyone letting them know what we are up against and that if there is anything we can do to help", Anthony Garcia said.
As for security... "Different hotels have different security in place, some hotels are actually using private security companies to monitor. We at my hotel have security cameras that are up 24 hours a day all over the property. So if we do have someone that is even casing the joint we can obviously provide police with car descriptions and license plates," says Garcia.
On the flip side, Garcia adds, hotels don't have too much to offer. "We are primarily a credit card business, we very rarely have cash on hand, and it's nominal at most of the hotels. So these thieves are not getting away with much for all the trouble they are going to take on once they are caught."
In these recent robberies the suspect has had a weapon, in some instances he showed the gun, in others he warned he had one.
The suspect is described as a white man, 30 to 50-years-old, about 6 foot 2 and 170 pounds. Police believe he is altering his appearance.
If you have any information you are urged to call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000. Police say they are following several leads at this time.